World Heritage Week 2019 | 10 Dec 2019

Why in News

The World Heritage Week is celebrated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) every year from November 19 to November 25.

Key Points

  • Its objective is to make people aware of the rich heritage and also strive for its preservation.
  • The Archaeological Survey of India and several other museums organise programs highlighting the significance of ancient monuments and their preservation.
    • Various programs related to historical structures, tour places and cultural and traditional heritage of the country were initiated to celebrate the week.
    • Several schools and colleges celebrated it by organising quiz and painting competitions.
  • The heritage sites celebrating the week include Qutub Minar, Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Delhi Red Fort, Delhi Darwaza, Bhadra Gate among others.
  • There are 38 UNESCO World Heritage sites in India which include 30 cultural sites, 7 natural sites and 1 mixed site.
    • Jaipur is the latest addition to the list of UNESCO cultural heritage sites.

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

  • It was founded in 1945 to develop the “intellectual and moral solidarity of mankind” as a means of building lasting peace.
  • It is located in Paris, France.
Archaeological Survey of India
  • ASI is the premier organization for the archaeological research, scientific analysis, excavation of archaeological sites, conservation and preservation of protected monuments.
  • It is an attached office under the Department of Culture, Ministry of Culture.
  • ASI was founded in 1861 by Alexander Cunningham- the first Director-General of ASI.

Source: IE